Kindle Fire HDX 8.9"

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The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 20 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Excellent screen quality
  • 24/7 real-time tech support
  • 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash

What's bad

  • Limited apps in the Amazon app marketplace
  • Does not run stock Android OS

Amazon’s third iteration of the Kindle Fire tablet offers a much sleeker design than its predecessors. Like the name suggests the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9” has a 8.9 inch HD screen that boasts an impressive 339 ppi, on par with the Google’s Nexus 10. According to Amazon’s website, the HDX 8.9” also offers 100 percent color accuracy and reduced glare for better bright light viewing, which, according to Gizmodo, makes the Movie- and TV-watching experience “revelatory.” Aside from the excellent screen quality, the tablet sports a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and up to 64GB of onboard storage. Considering its relatively large screen, many reviewers are impressed by its overall small size. The tablet weighs in at 374 grams (13.2 ounces) and measures 0.31 inches (0.78 cm) thick.

One of the features that differentiates it from other Fire tablets is the inclusion of the rear-facing 8 Megapixel camera complete with LED flash, image stabilization and a wide aperture for better low light pictures. Most critics find the addition of the rear-camera an upgrade over other tablet cameras with CNET going so far as to call it “spiffy.”

Aside from the camera, experts seem to enjoy the addition of the Mayday feature which provides free 24/7 tech support on the device as well as the ability to download Amazon Prime Instant Videos for offline viewing. The tech support feature connects users to an available tech representative who can gain access to the user’s Kindle and help by drawing images, launching apps, issuing commands or changing settings. Techland notes that users should not be worried about privacy concerns as Amazon reps only have access to the Kindle during the help session and can only control the tablet with the user’s permission. Most reviewers agree that the tech support has been quick and helpful and is a great feature for more mainstream users.

Despite the plethora of exciting new features, there are a few qualms. One of the largest issues, according to Techland, is the small app marketplace. Like the other Fire Tablets, this Kindle is locked to the Amazon ecosystem. This unfortunately means that many of the apps available to Android and Apple devices might not be available. ZDNet also notes that since it runs on its own OS - dubbed Fire 3.0 - many people who prefer Android might deem the Fire 3.0 OS a “dealbreaker.”

Overall, most experts find this to be an excellent mid-sized tablet for the price. Gizmodo states that the “Kindle HDX has eked out a victory, pulling waaaay ahead on the hardware front…” Slashgear goes on to say “It’s fast, portable, and well constructed…”


Operating system
Fire OS
Processor
2.2 GHz
Screen Size
8.9"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Notebookcheck

If you already use Amazon for shopping and also use the streaming services of the online retailer, then the Fire HDX 8.9 is a very good platform for media playback. But you will have to live with the software restrictions if you want to do more with your tablet.

- Florian Wimmer , Notebookcheck
TrustedReviews

The new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 sticks with much of the same great hardware but with a few improvements that make it a fantastic tablet for video and reading. Its only downfall is an operating system that still needs some fine-tuning.

- Michael Sawh, TrustedReviews
BetaNews

I couldn't recommend the HD 8.9 because of app and browser shortcomings and so chose not to review the tablet last year. The HDX changes everything. The tweener gives you the best of Amazon and enough of everyplace else.

- Joe Wilcox, BetaNews
GottaBeMobile

What the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 offers is a fantastic mobile device to use for entertainment and relaxing, at a price point that sets it far above the bottom tier, and just below the class of the field. It’s feature set, design, and performance are top notch. It has some software glitches still t...

- Warner Crocker, GottaBeMobile
Expert Reviews

There’s no microSD card slot to add extra storage capacity, so you're limited to storage capacity built into the HDX. You can choose between 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models, with Wi-Fi only or an integrated 4G LTE modem for internet access on the move.Unless you opt to pay £10 extra to disabl...

- Tom Morgan, Expert Reviews


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Screen Size
8.9"

The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9"'s screen size is 8.9 inches with 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Fire OS 3.0 (Based on Android) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.
Storage
16/32/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/64 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
Unknown

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Amazon's performance ratings are 12 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" Specs

Overview
Release date November 7, 2013
Regions available USA
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Fire OS 3.0 (Based on Android)

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Secondary OS No
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad core 2.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/32/64 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 5 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 12 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 12 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Up to: 18 hours
Standby Time No
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.7 x 23.1 x 0.8 cm (6.2 x 9.1 x 0.3 in)
Weight 374 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 2560 x 1600 pixels
Pixel density 339 pixels
Size 8.9 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Unknown
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Unknown
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types AZW, BMP, DOC, DOCX, MOBL, PDF, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Kindle Fire HDX 8.9", Fire 8.9" HDX

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Critic Reviews


Notebookcheck

Combination of high performance, great display and good speakers

from Notebookcheck

If you already use Amazon for shopping and also use the streaming services of the online retailer, then the Fire HDX 8.9 is a very good platform for media playback. But you will have to live with the software restrictions if you want to do more with your tablet.

Read full review

If you already use Amazon for shopping and also use the streaming services of the online retailer, then the Fire HDX 8.9 is a very good platform for media playback. But you will have to live with the software restrictions if you want to do more with your tablet.

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TrustedReviews

A great tablet for entertainment

from TrustedReviews

The new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 sticks with much of the same great hardware but with a few improvements that make it a fantastic tablet for video and reading. Its only downfall is an operating system that still needs some fine-tuning.

Read full review

The new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 sticks with much of the same great hardware but with a few improvements that make it a fantastic tablet for video and reading. Its only downfall is an operating system that still needs some fine-tuning.

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BetaNews

Nearly perfect Android tablet -- that is for anyone buying into the Amazon lifestyle

from BetaNews

I couldn't recommend the HD 8.9 because of app and browser shortcomings and so chose not to review the tablet last year. The HDX changes everything. The tweener gives you the best of Amazon and enough of everyplace else.

Read full review

I couldn't recommend the HD 8.9 because of app and browser shortcomings and so chose not to review the tablet last year. The HDX changes everything. The tweener gives you the best of Amazon and enough of everyplace else.

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GottaBeMobile

A fantastic mobile device to use for entertainment and relaxing

from GottaBeMobile

What the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 offers is a fantastic mobile device to use for entertainment and relaxing, at a price point that sets it far above the bottom tier, and just below the class of the field. It’s feature set, design, and performance are top notch. It has some software glitches stil...More

What the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 offers is a fantastic mobile device to use for entertainment and relaxing, at a price point that sets it far above the bottom tier, and just below the class of the field. It’s feature set, design, and performance are top notch. It has some software glitches still to work out. As long as Amazon can keep providing quality content that consumers want to consume, then the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is a great way to do just that.

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Expert Reviews

Amazon's best Kindle Fire yet, but the gorgeous screen and great camera can't offset the custom Android interface

from Expert Reviews

There’s no microSD card slot to add extra storage capacity, so you're limited to storage capacity built into the HDX. You can choose between 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models, with Wi-Fi only or an integrated 4G LTE modem for internet access on the move.

Unless you opt to pay £10 extra to disable "special offers", adverts will appear on the lock screen whenever you wake the tablet from sleep mode. If you don’t pay £10 at the time of purchase you can always pay it at a later date to disable the adverts by calling Amazon customer services or using the Mayday service...

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There’s no microSD card slot to add extra storage capacity, so you're limited to storage capacity built into the HDX. You can choose between 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models, with Wi-Fi only or an integrated 4G LTE modem for internet access on the move.

Unless you opt to pay £10 extra to disable "special offers", adverts will appear on the lock screen whenever you wake the tablet from sleep mode. If you don’t pay £10 at the time of purchase you can always pay it at a later date to disable the adverts by calling Amazon customer services or using the Mayday service.

The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is the best tablet Amazon has made. It's powerful, has a gorgeous screen and it takes great photos. However, it's so radically different from Android and so divorced from Google's apps that you'll have to be a big fan of Amazon's services and products to get the most from it.

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Mobile Syrup

Gorgeous piece of hardware

from Mobile Syrup

The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 may be an expensive tablet to use exclusively as an e-reader, but it may be appropriate for those looking to augment a high-percentage e-reading use case with the occasional email, browsing session or bout of Temple Run. It’s clear that the Kindle Fire series has not...More

The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 may be an expensive tablet to use exclusively as an e-reader, but it may be appropriate for those looking to augment a high-percentage e-reading use case with the occasional email, browsing session or bout of Temple Run. It’s clear that the Kindle Fire series has not yet been optimized for Canadian audiences — most of Amazon’s best cloud features are unavailable outside of the US, and many popular Android apps and games are missing from the App Store — but its superlative hardware and excellent performance more than makes up for it.

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Recombu

Brilliant HD screen and handy Mayday feature

from Recombu

Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is a solid all-round tablet in terms of specs and hardware, boasting one of the best screens around and plenty of power. Of course, whether you should buy it or not depends on your love for Amazon. If you regularly buy books and media through the website, and especial...More

Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is a solid all-round tablet in terms of specs and hardware, boasting one of the best screens around and plenty of power. Of course, whether you should buy it or not depends on your love for Amazon. If you regularly buy books and media through the website, and especially if you'rea Lovefilm user, then there's plenty of reason to dive right in. If you're less keen on the online giant, you'd be better served by the Google Nexus 7 or Apple iPad Mini with Retina display.

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PhoneArena

Lots of good specs for the low price, one of the most detailed displays on a tablet

from PhoneArena

Yes, the design isn’t the most tasteful for something that intends to compete against Apple’s premium offering, but nonetheless, it doesn’t interfere with its main objective in attracting consumers to its low price point. This year’s model is more diversified, as it bears two cameras and various wireless radios, to make it more feature filled than ever before. And who doesn’t want more features...

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Yes, the design isn’t the most tasteful for something that intends to compete against Apple’s premium offering, but nonetheless, it doesn’t interfere with its main objective in attracting consumers to its low price point. This year’s model is more diversified, as it bears two cameras and various wireless radios, to make it more feature filled than ever before. And who doesn’t want more features?

Let’s get things straight, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is something you’ll want to bear in mind if savings is something you cherish. If money isn’t a problem, there are several other options to think about. 

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Know Your Mobile

Great, but perhaps too proprietary for some

from Know Your Mobile

It’s an exceptionally well-designed tablet with a great OS. However, because of the proprietary nature of the Fire OS, you're locked out of a lot of the things that make Android great. It also locks them out of the Google Play store.

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It’s an exceptionally well-designed tablet with a great OS. However, because of the proprietary nature of the Fire OS, you're locked out of a lot of the things that make Android great. It also locks them out of the Google Play store.

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Good E-Reader

This tablet is really great, but only users in the US will be able to get the most out of it

from Good E-Reader

The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is certainly one of the best large screen tablets on the market. This is a device you are primarily buying to participate in the Amazon ecosystem. I suggest purchasing a one year Prime membership and also a subscription to Kindle Freetime to give you lots of free audio/video content, free eBooks and apps and games for your kids...

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The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is certainly one of the best large screen tablets on the market. This is a device you are primarily buying to participate in the Amazon ecosystem. I suggest purchasing a one year Prime membership and also a subscription to Kindle Freetime to give you lots of free audio/video content, free eBooks and apps and games for your kids.

This tablet is really great, but only users in the US will be able to get the most out of it. International users will be able to buy apps, books, magazines, newspapers, graphic novels and most e-reading content. The video and television selection is non-existant if you say live in Canada.

If you have the first generation 8.9, this is a solid upgrade if a faster processor and higher resolution mean a lot to you. If you tend to read just the standard eBook and watch the occasional movie, not so much.

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